ENERGY STAR® is an internationally recognized symbol that indicates superior energy-efficiency in its class.
When evaluating your home’s needs, the ENERGY STAR® label is an easy and convenient way to identify the most energy-efficient products available.
Energy Star = Efficiency and Savings!
Thanks to advances in technology, today’s ENERGY STAR qualified windows, doors, and skylights offer greater savings than ever before. Replacing old windows with ENERGY STAR qualified windows lowers household energy bills by 7-15 percent. Lower energy consumption also reduces greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and shrinks a house’s carbon footprint.
Certified by an independently accredited agency for quality and energy performance, ENERGY STAR® windows can reduce condensation and outside noise, reduce heating costs, protect from sun damage and fading, and increase comfort by regulating temperature in hot and cold seasons.
They are an excellent long-term investment in comfort and value for your family and your home.
Many older homes were built with single-paned windows with little insulating value or resistance to heat flow. Some windows have metal frames, which act as a heat conductor into the home in hot months and out of the home in cold months.
Energy-efficient windows have a thermal break in the frame to prevent this, and using technologically advanced materials such as vinyl (PVC) for the frame have made a real difference in maximizing window insulation properties.
ENERGY STAR® Windows Offer These Benefits:
- Double glazing with a sealed insulating glass unit, not only reducing energy costs, but also increasing comfort.
- Low-emissivity (Low-E) coatings, which are like insulation and sunscreen on windows. This thin layer of transparent protection, applied in the gap between window glass panes, improves your family’s comfort by reducing the quantity of heat passing through the windows.
- Inert gas, such as argon or krypton, sealed between windowpanes results in reduced heat transfer and minimized condensation, increasing the windows’ insulation U-value and energy efficiency.
- Low conductivity spacer bars that prevent heat loss and minimize drafts.
- Lower overall heat loss ratings (U-values), meaning greater comfort with less energy used.
- Heat transfer between the inside and outside of a home is slowed.
- Heat reflection that keeps the sun out during summertime and keeps rooms from feeling drafty
during the winter.
- Reduced fading of fabrics and wall coverings.
Energy Star Windows are Low-E Windows
Since heat easily passes through clear glass, one way to reduce heat loss through the glass is to coat the window with a very thin, transparent layer. This low-emissivity coating, called Low-E, reduces the amount of radiant heat and ultraviolet rays that pass through the window, resulting in a reduction in sun damage and fading to objects, and energy economy. This Low-E coating is usually applied on the surface of one of the panes nearest the trapped air space.
A window coated with Low-E has the approximately the same insulating value as an uncoated triple glazed window; Low-E improves the value from R-2 to R-3 to R-4 depending on the coating type.
Low-E coatings are available in two types: northern or hard-coat, which maximizes solar heat gains and reduces heat loss at night, or southern or soft-coat, which reduces solar heat gain and heat loss at night. House Smart Home Improvements is professionally qualified to assess and determine which type of Low-E window is best for your home.
Low-E windows will return on their investment in a reasonably short period of time, as well as provide a reduction in energy bills for years. There is increased personal comfort near windows, a reduction in the furniture and window treatment fading, and in mildew and deterioration of the window frame.
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Vancouver, Surrey, Langley, Coquitlam, Delta, Richmond, Ladner, Tsawwassen, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, New Westminster, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Burnaby, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Aldergrove, and more.